This is the beginning of a series of posts on what I and others are doing to reduce plastic waste.
A reusable water bottle is something many people are aware of, and already practicing, but it is a good place to start and there are a few points worth making.
I am mostly water, and so are you. Yet, many of us are not well hydrated. I find having a large water thermos/reusable bottle allows me to more easily track my water consumption, keeping my daily goals. Currently I am trying to drink about 100 ounces a day, but usually do about 80. Water is good for every cell in your body, water may assist in weight loss. Water may also boost brain power, improve gut health, and stabilize blood pressure. So think of your reusable water bottle not as something you are doing just to reduce plastic, but something that is an integral approach to a systematic way of maintaining good health and performance.
Only 1 out of 5 plastic bottles are “properly” recycled, and that number may be generous. There are many drinks that my family has purchased over the years that use that come in plastic: water, vitamin water, Bai, Gatorade, juice drinks, and the list goes on. Drinking water from a tap is likely better overall from a health and weight maintenance perspective. No nasty BPAs from my reusable water bottle.
There is of course that pesky problem of what to do when traveling in a foreign country where the water is either of bad quality or just filled with microorganisms your system is not used to. I will concede, that can be a difficult issue, and welcome thoughts in the comment section. Strategies some people pursue include: filling up water bottles at restaurants and hotels, boiling water, sterilizing water, using a travel filter, and using a reusable bottle that has a built-in filter. On the built-in filter approach, some options include: Lifestraw, Oko, Larq, and Grayl.
Here is a neat infographic on the benefits of a reusable water bottle: